Creative Home Made Gift Ideas

Christmas is the season of gift-giving and spending time with your loved ones. During this season, we give gifts to people we love to show them how much we love and appreciate them. However, due to the current economic condition, most of us would be shopping frugally.

You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot for a nice gift. Why not put your creativity to test? You can make something or bake goodies for your loved ones. Most of the time people close to you will appreciate your gift even more because of the time and effort you have put into it. Homemade Christmas gifts are wonderful as it adds a personal touch to your gift, making it a priceless possession.

Here are 8 creative homemade holiday gift ideas to consider:

1. Baked goodies.

Yummy treats are always a hit with young and old alike. You can bake cookies, brownies or cakes in your own kitchen. You can be very creative when decorating these treats and you will definitely impress your loved ones.

2. Memory books, scrapbook or photo collages.

We all know that memories are very precious. Your loved ones, especially your elderly relatives and friends would love this gift. Be sure to put the most memorable pictures, decorate each page and write special messages.

3. Homemade candles.

Decorate the candles by painting it and adding ribbons, beads, glitters, silk flowers, etc.

4. Personalized cards.

Decorate the card nicely and be sure to add a personalized message to make it even more special.

5. Gifts from your garden.

If you love to cook most likely you will have different herbs in your own garden. A homemade seasoning blend will be a perfect gift for your relative and friends who love to cook. You can package the herbs individually by putting them in lovely jars.

6. Personalized calendar.

Make your own calendar and personalize it by adding pictures and messages.

7. Art piece.

Let your children paint or draw something and put it in a frame. This will be a perfect gift for grandparents. They will surely love it!

8. Knits.

If you are good at this, why not knit something special for your loved ones. You can knit a scarf, beanie, mittens, etc.

Gifts For The Home And Car

Most people have automobiles, and most people live in a home. People are alike in many ways, but sometimes it is hard to buy gifts, because some people have everything and others are picky.

A gift idea for the car is an all-weatherized protective cover, which covers the vehicle and protects it car from droppings, dirt, weather and scratches. The cover is inexpensive, about $20, depending on the size of car. The cover is available for bikes, too. The durable covering protects against mildew or anything that could harm the bike or car.

An excellent house idea is the security bars that fit on doors. It is great for sliding doors. The bars adjust to windows or doors and keep out intruders.

If you are buying a gift for someone with a patio, consider weather-resistant coverings. They protect patio furniture from all weather and keep it free from dust.

Mole-poles are an excellent idea for people gardens or nice yards. The mole-poles keep pests away. The item is barely capable of being heard, but it sounds like a bullhorn when rats, moles, squirrels, gophers or other pests approach.

Wireless driveway alarms are a gift that stops surprising visitors. This alarm makes an announcement when someone approaches the home. One section stays outdoors, and the other section stays in the home.

Instantaneous shade gardens are a great gift idea, because outdoor lovers can plant a quick bed of flowers in no time. The garden shade rolls up and out, up to five feet.

Another great gift idea for homes is the corner plate organizers. This space-saving corner rack has four levels and fits small plates on the top, small bowls below the top rack, medium plates lower and large plates at the bottom. The rack has 3-tiers and adjusts easily while holding up to eight dishes on a single rack.

The arch trellis is an outdoors gift for around yard ponds or patios. It gives a touch of romance with its roses, vines, and ivy floral. The archway is resistant against all sorts of weather.

Thirteen-piece garment bag sets are an excellent gift. The set keeps a complete wardrobe clean. The idea of this gift is to store clothes that are set for a season or no longer in use.

A Bright Day With Spring and Garden Wedding

In recent years, “theme” weddings have become a great way to express the personalities of the bride and groom. We see all kinds of them: weddings at sea, costume weddings of every stripe, and candlelit night weddings in the dead of winter. I like to think of myself as a pretty independent, outside-the-box kind of person, but let’s face it; when I imagine the perfect wedding for myself, at least it’s outdoors on a beautiful spring morning. I don’t think I’m alone in allowing myself a little bit of old-fashioned sentimentality, and this article is for those of you who feel the same way.

Whether your wedding is very traditional or decidedly unique, the ever-popular outdoor spring wedding is a natural choice. A beautiful garden in May could feature the bride in white and the groom in a nice tuxedo, or both in Victorian attire, or in Lord of the Rings elf costumes. The sunny, flowery atmosphere gives cheer and joy to any such happy gathering, and guests will always feel comfortable.

The spring wedding favors you choose will reflect your personal wedding theme. Traditional garden wedding favors could come in elegant silk pouches, festive flower-embroidered bags, or egg baskets appropriate to the Easter holiday. More unusually, spring wedding favors could come in coconuts, flying saucer pods, sea shell boxes, or . As for the favors themselves, this is where you can really get creative. Garden wedding favors can feature anything from candles to lip balm to chocolate to tea-bags; picture frames, soap bars, shot glasses, bells, or flower seeds for planting; the possible lists are endless.

The important thing in choosing garden wedding favors is to think about what you would like your guests to literally take away from your happy event. Perhaps imagine what you yourself would want to bring home. A safe choice like chocolate could make almost everyone happy, or something unique to your theme would really help them remember the day. A mixture of both would be a good plan for more “unique” wedding themes; if you’re getting married on an airplane, you might choose a flight-themed gift as well as something delicious. Other spring wedding favors might focus on the particular people involved, such as miniature space shuttles for a wedding of astronauts, or pens if the bride or groom is a writer.

While creativity is encouraged, there are some items that should be avoided, depending on the guest list. If the wedding is a personal affair with the close friends and family of the betrothed, these issues might not be a problem; but in a large marriage ceremony with various acquaintances and diverse friends and family, it is best to avoid items that invoke politics or controversial personal preferences, and it may be preferable to avoid an overabundance of religious items. Of course, the circumstances of the wedding should be taken into account, and the religious nature of the ceremony is especially to be determined by the people involved. In general, hosts will want to keep spring wedding favors in the realm of the friendly and light-hearted; humor is often a welcome touch, but those with a dark or political sense of humor will want to take the varying tastes of their guests into account.

Clearly, for those interested in the joyful tradition of a spring garden wedding, there is no shortage of ideas for garden wedding favors from the whimsical to the tasty to the useful. A variety of well-chosen spring wedding favors or garden wedding favors for your guests will surely do a great deal to please beloved friends and family.

Beautify Your Home And Surroundings

Once you have been container gardening for a while and had some success, you may be ready to ramp up your efforts by going for style as well as nourishment. You may be surprised to learn that lots of veggie plants are not only edible, but also attractive. In this article, we’ll give some recommendations for some of the best looking edible additions to choose for your container gardening project.

Presentation is a very important part of attractive container gardening. You may be tempted to just line all your containers up against a wall or put them all on a balcony rail, but this is not a very creative idea. Instead, try ranging them out at different heights and levels. Place some of your larger containers at ground level, but do creative things with larger containers on racks, shelves, tables and railings. Hanging plants are attractive and fun, and hanging pots make a great way to grow strawberries and even tomatoes.

You can also create interesting planters for strawberries and other clingy, climbing sorts of small plants by creating a planter wall. You can do this with wire hanging shelving, with wooden palettes or with just about any other kind of building material your imagination can come up with. Just be sure there is enough room for roots to grow and plants to spread. This can be a freestanding divider or you can attach it to a galvanized metal or concrete wall that will not be damaged by the dampness.

If you want something big and beautiful that can actually give you some privacy on your balcony or patio, try planting some big pots of okra. This vigorous plant is great looking and a tremendous producer. There are lots of great ways to eat okra. It can be added to soups, lightly stir fried or sauteed, or deep fried.

If you do decide to plant okra, be sure to gather it all when it ripens. It will quickly become too tough to eat. Luckily, okra is easy to preserve by freezing or pickling. Pickled okra is very delicious to snack on!

Just because you are focusing on veggies doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some flowers, too. Adding self-seeding annuals such as marigolds, zinnias and various wildflower mixes can fill in blank spots in your veggie planters and add color and variety to your container gardening project. As a bonus, you can enjoy cut flowers for your table and, with care, these additions will return each year so you won’t have to plant them over and over again.

You may also find some very attractive and unusual kinds of fruits and veggies by exploring the world of heirloom seeds. These are becoming more and more popular as people become frightened by the specter of genetically modified foods. Heirloom varieties are old-fashioned varieties that have not undergone any genetic modification or research. They produce the kinds of fruits and veggies your great grandparents enjoyed – natural and safe!